Pastor Reza Safa, the ministry team at Nejat TV, and Fisherman’s House Church are using Media Minstry to reach Muslims for Christ.
Pastor Reza Safa was born in Iran and grew up as a Muslim. He came to the United States in 1978 to study English. When he returned to Iran, he became very disillusioned by the country’s revolution. He moved to Sweden where he met missionaries and, through their friendship, became a Christian. He learned to know the Lord, experienced a process of complete transformation, and later became a pastor.
One day Pastor Reza Safa was in pre-service prayer when God spoke to him. The Lord told him that a gentleman would give him $90,000 that evening. God directed him to use $50,000 for crusades in India. The Lord made it clear to him that the remaining $40,000 was to be spent on purchasing television equipment for broadcasting into the Middle East.
Pastor Reza Safa had no idea how to do television broadcasting, but he learned as he bought the equipment. He discovered that satellites broadcast television directly into Iran, so he started producing programs in the Farsi language. He put a camera in his office, sat in front of it, and talked. He did all the editing himself.
In May of 2003, Pastor Reza Safa began airing a half hour program called “Rouve Nejat,” which means “Day of Salvation.” The program took place three times weekly, on a secular, Iranian, satellite TV station from California. Pastor Reza Safa was amazed and thrilled when Iranians called all morning the very first day of broadcasting with questions about the Lord and salvation. The Christian Broadcast ministry, Nejat TV, was born.
Pastor Reza Safa desired a fulltime station where he could help new believers to grow in their faith. In 2005, he was able to meet with the owner of a major Christian broadcasting network and share that vision. A partnership resulted that has impacted many Muslim lives for Christ.
The network provides the financing. The ministry broadcasts six hours of programming, four times a day. From a small studio with two sets in one room, Nejat TV Ministry produces three hours of programming daily. The remaining hours come from other broadcasters, including several preachers from the United States and four Iranian ministers.
Nejat TV can be viewed worldwide through streaming on the internet and two satellite TV stations. The ministry targets countries that speak Farsi, mainly Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Azerbaijan, but since Iranian refugees exist all over the world, they also reach all the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Nejat TV provides CDs and DVDs of programs in Farsi. They are always given freely to those in need.
Nejat TV offers a variety of programming, including preaching, children and youth shows, Bible reading in Farsi (especially precious, since it is almost impossible to get a Bible in Iran), and church services for underground churches. In Iran, Christians are being imprisoned and tortured because of their faith. Currently political leaders are trying to pass an Apostasy Law, making it legal to kill Christians. But every day Iranians call Nejat TV ministry from all over the world. Although Pastor Reza Safa has not been back to Iran since he moved to Sweden, he is daily impacting lives there and around the world through media ministry.
Man experiences joy for the first time!
One man from Guam, a religious city of Iran, was very religious but was an opium addict. He was seeing a therapist and taking medication for psychological problems. One day he watched Neget TV, called the ministry, and accepted the Lord! He now reports that he experiences abundant joy.
Woman is delivered from prostitution!
The owner of a house of prosecution had a number of women working for her and was a prostitute herself. She watched Nejat TV and gave her life to the Lord. She closed the business and changed her phone number. Her relatives saw the change and helped her financially until she could find a job. Her ex-husband who harassed her, stopped bothering her. Jesus completely changed her life!
There was no money for an operation, but God healed!
A mother got saved through Nejat TV. One of her sons had a lung disease requiring surgery, but she did not have the money. Watching Nejat TV encouraged the mother to trust Jesus and pray for her son. She reported seeing a beam of light coming from above going into her son’s lungs. Immediately her son stopped coughing. She took her son to the hospital and the doctor pronounced him totally healed.
An addict and his doctor are set free!
A desperate man had been visiting an herbal doctor to end a fourteen year addiction to opium. One day the doctor was watching Nejat TV and Pastor began praying for people to be set free from drug addictions. The herbal doctor told him, “You have nothing to loose, touch the screen.” The man did, and he felt the power of God go through his entire body. He was instantly delivered from the addiction. As a result both he and the herbal doctor accepted the Lord!
God restores life to a dying woman!
Doctors gave a lady no hope and sent her home to die. One day she was asleep on the couch. Her husband was flipping through the television channels. Suddenly, he heard Pastor Reza Safa say his name. He turned back to listen. He heard Pastor describe his wife’s condition and say that she was being instantly healed. He saw that his wife had gotten up, gone into the kitchen, and started cooking a meal. She was totally healed.
Media ministry gives Muslims opportunity to consider Christianity!
Nejat TV raises many questions for Muslims. One lady started watching and hated it. She resented her religion being confronted, but she kept coming back, because she wanted truth. This is a very common reaction. After two years of watching, she accepted the Lord and became gloriously saved.
I look forward to hearing your stories of how God is reaching Muslims for Christ!